Riyad Mahrez has launched an astonishing attack on his Manchester City teammates, claiming some “don’t give a s***” about other matches.
The Algerian joined City back in 2018 and has helped the club to six major honours in three seasons, including two Premier League titles.
Mahrez had been linked with a potential Etihad exit this summer, but is determined to fight for his spot in Pep Guardiola’s trophy chasing squad.
Earlier this summer, he said: “What if I want to go higher? I do not see what is higher [than Manchester City ].
“To try another championship [elsewhere]? No. I really love England and English football is wonderful. I don’t want to leave. I still have goals to pursue here.
“When you see that Guardiola wants you, it’s flattering. The acclimatisation here was not easy, but our relationship today, everyone knows [it is great].”
However, he has risked alienating some of his Man City colleagues, suggesting they have little interest in the game beyond their own fixtures.
“The lads at City don’t watch other teams’ matches on TV. They don’t give a s*** about them,” Mahrez told Canal Plus TV Show Clique.
“Plenty of times in the dressing-room I’ve heard certain others asking: ‘What happened in the game last night?’.
“I don’t know what to say. It could be the Champions League semi-final.
“But if you are a footballer, you shouldn’t be coming in the next morning and asking what the result was in yesterday’s game.”
The 30-year-old, who initially made his name at Le Havre and then Leicester City, added that he personally knew of a number of players that didn’t actually care for the sport – merely playing just for the money.
“I have friends who are footballers, yet they don’t like football,” Mahrez continued. “They play it because they are obliged to, and because there is big money involved.
“For me football is a passion. I am beginning to near the end of my career.
“I ask myself what am I going to do in the world of football, honestly, that is the only thing going on in my mind.”
Mahrez has started just one of Man City’s opening three Premier League games, but has come off the bench to score one and create another in back-to-back 5-0 victories for the champions.